On the Edge of Surreal

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    Not many people recognize this westernmost section of San Francisco... especially when looking at it in the night.

    In the center is seal rock - though it is more populated by birds than seals. The whitish coloration is, uhm, "natural bird paint."

    I used a digital GND (gray gradient) to knock the sky down. It was so hazy in this direction that no stars were visible anyway. The moon was involved in providing light, but the vast majority of the light came spilling out of the Cliff House restaurant which is just out of the picture to the left. The foreground is the famous "Sutro Bath" ruins.

    More details about how I processed this image can be found here

    As with the other outing photographs, this was taken at Sutro Baths (ruin) using my 40D. One of the posts along the steps down to this area served as a makeshift tripod.

    [42-011388] *Explored*

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    Explored: Position 445, January 18, 2009

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    1. Bob Nastasi 38 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot!!!

    2. DM Weber 38 months ago | reply

      Quite interesting, surreal and explorable.

    3. wbyoungphotos 38 months ago | reply

      Nice work!
      What a way to be explored!

    4. gabrielk1 38 months ago | reply

      wow that is a unique photo, looks awesome

    5. Wilfried.B 38 months ago | reply

      Amazing light and composition, well done.

    6. Udayan Kapur 37 months ago | reply

      I have one word to describe the photo

    7. Craig - S 37 months ago | reply

      You've got some really great work on your stream.

    8. Steven Christenson 37 months ago | reply

      As do you, Craig. Thanks for your comment.

    9. Federico Senesi [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      Stunning image!!!

    10. Fabio_Venditti 35 months ago | reply

      Excellent image!

    11. PeZcador 35 months ago | reply

      excelente trabajo, felicidades! very well done, congrats!!

    12. Reza-Sina 26 months ago | reply


    13. lazysamshoots 26 months ago | reply

      That rock looks celestial.

    14. Rick Whitacre 14 months ago | reply

      Very nice, Steven!

    15. © In 2 Making Images | °L.A. 14 months ago | reply

      Outstanding, a feast for the eyes!

    16. Jose Vigano 14 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot! Well done.

    17. Steven Christenson 14 months ago | reply

      This is an image taken in 2009. While cleaning up my hard drive I notice a few things about the image I posted before: 1. it was copyrighted in 2008 - but that's silly 'cause it was taken in 2009. 2. I posted a small version of the image only.

      For those reasons, I reprocessed the image in Lightroom and Photoshop and posted a larger version with a contemporary watermark.

    18. tobyharriman 14 months ago | reply

      freakin sweet!

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